The Rule Of Saint Benedict And Beowulf: Book Analysis

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Medieval monastic communities are partially the reason that many ancient texts are still around to this day. The monastic communities considered their work life to be a part of their prayer life. Monasteries often housed a scriptorium where texts were either copied or created. These scriptoria led to several famous texts being written such as The Rule of Saint Benedict and Beowulf. Though monastic communities were important in maintaining literature, several works were written outside of the walls of monasteries, such as Confessions by Saint Augustine of Hippo. Each of these books has a unique theme, but yet they maintain one common element in that they were all written by a Christian writer. However, Beowulf is a text laden with elements of paganism, but yet it was written by a monastic, who supposedly was following the guidelines laid out by The Rule of …show more content…
Similar to in literature, Augustine, finds fault with one particular genre. Augustine specifically takes issue with tragedies because he was able to witness some of the miseries that he was currently experiencing in his own life. The issue that Augustine had with tragedies was that “he wants to suffer the pain given by being a spectator of these sufferings, and the pain itself is his pleasure” (Augustine 35). Augustine later in Book III speaks of how he pities the person who finds pleasure in wickedness more than someone who has experienced genuine suffering. Augustine searched for suffering in any way he could specifically the theater in his saying, “I loved to suffer and sought out occasions for such suffering” (Augustine 37). Augustine’s criticisms of fictional literature and the theater could be applied to Beowulf, as it is a text that many believe to be a fictional tale, which was written by a

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